It’s been awhile since you, dear readers, have been updated on the status of the University of Washington EcoCAR 2 Team. Last you read, the Team was nearing the end of Year 1 wherein all of our hybrid architecture modeling needed approval to begin manufacturing and modification. Well, a lot, has happened since then.
We’re now at the midpoint of Y2 of the 3 year EcoCAR 2 competition. In the last few months, the 2013 Chevy Malibu was disassembled – almost to the point of body-in-white. Further, much of the rear sub-frame was cut out and replaced by a cradle for the electric traction motor and transmission. The modified sub-frame, motor, transmission, and vehicle still occupy mutually exclusive space, and a major milestone for the Team will be the installation of those components.
In fact, that milestone is rapidly approaching by necessity. In merely 10 days from the date of this writing, an operational 4-wheeled Frankenstein has to be shipped to tech inspection. As stated above, much of the vehicle is still disassembled. Needless to say this will be a challenge! Engineers in the Team lab, the UW Advanced Vehicle Works, are working feverishly to meet this deadline.